Re: why won't this video play?

Gary Handman (
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 11:26:50 -0700 (PDT)


If the item is protected under the Bern Convention on copyright (and I'm
sure it is), copying from one format to another
is most likely illegal--i.e. as in the US, copying = derivative work = one
of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder.


At 11:07 AM 6/21/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>At 10:29 AM -0700 6/21/02, Renee Zurn wrote:
> >The video is ..., labeled VHS PAL ...
>PAL (European) format VHS tapes will not play on NTSC (regular US) players.
>She may be able to have a copy made to NTSC for a fee in your area.
>Here at the Learning Studio we have a deck that plays both formats and
>staff occasionally bring in their PAL tapes to make a NTSC copy they can
>Gilles Poitras
>Learning Studio, Exploratorium Museum

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley